Gale gathers momentum with hat-trick

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ANTHONY Gale made it three Knack Premier League victories in a row with an excellent win over Neil Mather in a thrilling 10-leg contest.

Mather started the strongest with three 21-darters, including a maximum and a 100 checkout. to secure a 3-1 lead.

However, Gale stormed back and found himself 5-4 up. he began the decider with a 180 and checked out on 107 in an 18-dart winning leg.

Anth Skelton hit two 180s as he took an early 2-0 lead when he faced reigning champion Kevin Guy.

But it was Guy who came out the victor as he reeled off six straight legs in 22, 16, 23 and 18 darts (three times), including a 180 and a 100 finish.

Leader Paul Williams made it 12 wins from 12 with a comfortable 6-1 success over Steve Skinner.

Williams won his legs in 21, 17, 14, 23 and 18 darts (twice), while Skinner hit two 180s.

Davey Thompson enjoyed a 6-1 win over Neil Richardson and John Redpath whitewashed Barry Rutherford.

Dan Gillibrand moved up the league when he won 6-0 against Ray Malarkey.

Alan Smith and Spiller Henderson had to settle for a point each as they drew 5-5.

John Allan and John Nicholson also shared the points in their game.

In Allan’s second match of the night, he came close to pulling off an excellent result as he fought back from 4-1 to level at 4-4 against Neil Rose.

Despite both players missing doubles, it was Rose who prevailed as he scraped a 6-4 win.

Rose had a more comfortable win in his other fixture as he beat John Squire 6-1.

Results: Spiller Henderson 5 Alan Smith 5, Paul Williams 6 Steve Skinner 1, Anthony Gale 6 Neil Mather 4, John Squiz 1 Neil Rose 6, Dan Gillibrand 6 Ray Malarkey 0, John Allan 5 John Nicholson 5, Barry Rutherford 0 John Redpath 6, Anth Skelton 2 Kevin Guy 6, Neil Richardson 1 Davey Thompson 6. Neil Rose 6 John Allan 4.

Knack Darts Premier League

P W D L F A Pts

Paul Williams 12 12 0 0 72 18 36

Davey Thompson 12 10 2 0 70 21 32

Kevin Guy 12 10 1 1 69 26 31

Neil Rose 13 10 2 71 37 31

Anth Skelton 12 8 2 2 63 40 26

John Redpath 12 8 0 4 60 36 24

Steve Skinner 12 5 4 3 57 46 19

John Nicholson 12 4 4 4 49 54 16

Alan Smith 12 5 1 6 49 56 16

Anthony Gale 12 5 1 6 48 56 16

Barry Rutherford 12 5 1 6 41 50 16

Neil Mather 12 4 2 6 50 58 14

John Squire 12 3 0 9 35 65 9

Spiller Henderson 12 2 2 8 40 62 8

Dan Gilllibrand 12 2 1 9 33 62 7

Ray Malarkey 12 2 0 10 20 67 6

Neil Richardson 12 1 1 10 33 68 4

John Allan 13 1 1 11 36 75 4